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Breen and Nagle celebrate win on 2019 West Cork Rally

Craig Breen & Paul Nagle (Fiesta R5) took victory on the 2019 Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally after an event long dice with Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble in a similar car. Despite Fishers best efforts he was only able to gain four seconds from an overnight deficit of 26 to finish the rally 22.2 seconds behind Breen. The battle for third place also went down to the wire, with Tom Cave & James Morgan in a Hyundai i20 R5.

In the National Rally there was heartbreak for long time leader Gary Kiernan & Darren O'Brien when mechanical problems put them out with just two stages to go. This promoted Mikko Hirvonen & Jarno Ottman into the lead, and the Finnish pair took victory by almost two minutes from Damian Toner & John McGrath.

The Historic Rally was won convincingly by Neil Williams & Anthony O'Sullivan in an Escort Mark 2. They had over a minute and a half to spare over the Escort of Luke McCarthy & David Hogan who pipped Ray Cunningham / Jared Gills Mini by just 2.9 seconds on the final stage. The Junior Rally also went down to the wire, with Peter Falvey & Andrew Cronin winning by just 3.8 seconds over Aaron Browne & Daniel Hanratty after a titanic struggle. Mick Lonergan & Mikey Walsh took the final podium place in their Honda Civic.

Photo of the winners is courtesy of Kevin O'Driscoll.

Top 6 Overall:

1 - Craig Breen & Paul Nagle                Ford Fiesta R5         1:51:18.6
2 - Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble       Ford Fiesta R5         1:51:40.8
3 - Tom Cave & James Morgan            Hyundai i20 R5         1:51:55.9   

4 - Matt Edwards & Patrick Walsh        Ford Fiesta R5          1:52:00.7

5 - Sam Moffett & James Fulton           Ford Fiesta R5          1:52:52.9

6 - Callum Devine & Brian Hoy             Ford Fiesta R5          1:53:00.0

Kevin O'Driscoll, Press Officer